Creating a learning system for maternity care

The offer


The COVID-19 crisis has added substantially to the quality and safety challenges of maternity care, including those relating to organisation and delivery of care, clinical management, and deepening of inequalities.

Applications are invited from experienced quantitative researchers to initiate work to start building a learning healthcare system to support quality and safety of maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The intention is that the work undertaken in the fellowship will be practically useful both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in supporting the long-term development of electronic data in improving quality and safety of maternity systems.

Applications are invited from individuals currently in post at UK universities who are available to work as soon as possible on this award. The successful applicant will remain employed by their own university for the duration of the fellowship.

The fellow will work collaboratively with Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Director of THIS Institute, Dr Jan Van der Scheer, Research Associate, and Dr James McGowan, Clinical Research Associate, in the delivery of the project, as well as with other collaborators.

The fellowship should be completed in 24 months, or up to a maximum of 30 months if part-time. It is expected that the fellowship will begin during summer 2020. This fellowship may be especially suitable for academic or research staff who would benefit from replacement salary while their current research is paused.

Selection criteria

Who can apply

The award will include salary costs and research expenses directly relevant to the project up to a maximum of £180K.

It is expected, at a minimum, that a university will use the funding to pay for:

  • Salary costs for the fellow including all on-costs (superannuation, NI and apprenticeship levy).
  • Research costs (e.g. small items of equipment, data access, meeting/conference costs, and expenses for patient and public involvement).
  • Dissemination and publication costs, for example open-access publications.

The appointed fellow will be offered a professional development programme which will be discussed on award and customised to the specifics of the fellow’s needs, commitments, and fellowship duration. The programme may include, for example, membership of a learning set, coaching, and/or mentoring. Full engagement with the agreed programme will be expected.

Application stages

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via our Fellowship Management System. All applications should be submitted by an administrative authority/finance office in the applying university and must include a statement of support from the head of school/department (or equivalent).

Application stages

1. Before you apply

We encourage you to check that your application is eligible and competitive by reading the guidance for applicants. Applicants will be required to agree to THIS Institute’s standard Themed Fellowships Award Conditions at the time of application.

2. Submit your application

All applications must be submitted online through the Fellowship Management System.

3. Review and shortlisting

Applications will be checked initially for eligibility and completeness, and assessed by an expert panel against the selection criteria included in the guidance for applicants.

4. Interview

Short-listed applicants may optionally be invited for interview at the discretion of the panel.

5. Final decision

All applicants will be notified of the funding decision.

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